Coaching Staff

Henry Bailhache-Webb

Head Coach

Now in his 24th year with the club and 16th year as head coach, Henry Bailhache-Webb has continued to take BROOKES|Rowing from strength to strength. After retiring from rowing in 2006, he joined the coaching staff at Brookes as the Freshers’ Coach, moving to Assistant Coach in 2007, and finally to Head Coach in 2009. Since taking the role, Brookes crews at Henley Royal Regatta have won 26 events, including the Grand, the Silver Goblets, the Stewards, the Visitors three times, the Prince of Wales, the Prince Albert twice, the Temple Cup 5 times in the last 8 years and the Ladies Plate five times.  His crews have been the holders of the Head of the River since 2015.
Bailhache-Webb rowed for GB at Junior, U23 and at the Senior World Championships in 2005, following on from his Brookes student days that culminated in winning the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2004. He has coached internationally with the British U23 team seven times – with 3 Bronze medals in the M8+, 2 Silver medals in the LM4- and Gold in the M2-.

Hugo Gulliver

Women’s Coach

Hugo has a wealth of experience in student rowing following on from University of London Boat Club, where he was instrumental in the recent rise in performances. Since his arrival at Brookes, Hugo has created one of the best women’s programs in the world. In his first two seasons, the Brookes Women have claimed some of their best ever finishes at Women’s Head of the River, the Academic Eights trophy at Henley Women’s Regatta two years in a row. Brookes regained the Island Challenge Cup in a spectacular race in 2023.
In 2018, British Rowing appointed him Lead Coach for the World University Championships in Shanghai; where Gulliver directly coached both the GB M8+ and M4- to Gold and in 2019. He coached the GB U23 M4+ to Silver in Sarasota and in 2021 the GB U23 M8+ to European Gold in Poland.
Hugo has a great understanding around advancing students experience whilst at university and helping all athletes reach their goals.

Chris Tebb

Assistant Coach

Chris is now in his fourth year of coaching at BROOKES|Rowing; his first season culminated in six Henley Royal Regatta wins, his second included the first ever clean sweep of Men’s Sweep rowing at Henley. In 2022, he coached the U23 GB team to two Bronze medals in the M8+ & M4- at the European Championships in Belgium. In 2023, he coached the GB U23 M4+ to Silver in Plovdiv. Chris rowed at Brookes for five years under Henry and Richard Spratley where he represented Great Britain at U23 World Championships in 2017. He was also a part of the crew that won Henley Royal Regatta the same year in the Temple Challenge Cup.
Chris is a former Undergraduate and Postgraduate student at Oxford Brookes University and is now enjoying the opportunity to help develop the next generation of aspiring rowers at BROOKES|Rowing.

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Richard Spratley

Director of Rowing

Richard Spratley has been involved with BROOKES|Rowing for over 30 years – from becoming the Head Coach in 1991, and guiding the progression of Oxford Polytechnic Boat Club, to seeing rowers he developed go on to achieve Henley wins, GB U23 representation and Olympic medals.
Over the years, he has instilled a culture of encouragement and loyalty amongst the students at the club – many of whom are now international seniors – who still return to represent BROOKES|Rowing at major competitions. His protégés now extend throughout the country’s rowing clubs, and notably as High Performance coaches in their own right at major British Rowing programs. At Henley Royal Regatta 2021, the brand new first VIII shell was named the “Richard Spratley”.